(I hate looking up these stories. Google “transgender murder san francisco” and, whoops, the first several links are for the wrong people.)

Daphne Gottlieb wrote this post about Ruby Rodriguez (Ordenana), the transwoman who was murdered in my hometown several days ago. (Here’s a much better article.) (Her death has already been covered by Pam over at pandagon.)

sometimes language does not connote life, just the conditions which likely abetted death, make disappearance somehow make sense, lessen the loss, as if we all understand that of course transgender sex worker immigrants hooked on drugs die. as if we all understand violence. as if violence was as simple as a word, as a diagram. as if hate was.

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